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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Rash Of Copper Wire Thefts Reported In Huron County

Huron County | by Fadi Didi  

OPP say damage caused by copper wire thefts has reached $500,000.

OPP are warning about a rash of copper wire thefts in Huron County.

Police report investigating nine copper wire thefts in the last two months along Ontario's West Coast, primarily targeting hydro and wind turbine substations in Bluewater and Huron East.

Six of the cases took place in Bluewater, while three were reported in Huron East.

Officers say the value of the stolen wiring has ranged from $100, to $10 thousand, but damage to the facilities has reached $500 thousand, due to wind turbines being shut down.

Police warn the loss of electricity can affect 9-1-1 services, traffic lights, highway warning signs, and railway signals.

Copper wire thefts are also dangerous to the perpetrators, first responders, and hydro workers.

If you see suspicious activity around hydro substations and wind turbines, you are asked to call OPP or Crime Stoppers.

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